SIR Tony Robinson is giving away 120,000 original threepence pieces worth £1million in a bid to get Brits coin collecting.
The Blackadder actor has teamed up with the London Mint Office to hand out the 1911 George V silver thruppence’s in exchange for a £2.50 postage.
The threepence was introduced by Edward VI in 1551 and ended up being in circulation for 500 years, making it one of Britain’s longest serving coins.
The design of the coin changed depending on the monarch but the ones being given away were minted during George V’s reign between 1910 and 1936.
At the time, the coins were common and used by all classes.
How much they’re worth depends on the year that it was minted and the condition that it’s in – the nearer to mint that it is, the more that it’s worth.
Uncirculated versions of the coin are worth around the £15 mark, according to allcoinvalues.com.
All of the coins in the giveaway were in circulation almost 100 years ago and as a result, are more likely to be worth between 60p and £9.
For example, a circulated threepence minted in 1913 recently sold for £5.50 on eBay.
Sir Tony Robinson got on board with the giveaway in the hope encouraging family members of all ages to spend more “quality time together”.
The history buff, who presented Time Team for nine years until 2013, said: “You can feel [a coin’s] weight, study its marks and appreciate the stories behind it.
“A coin can quite literally connect you to another era and another time.”
Daniel Penney, managing director for The London Mint Office, said: “Technology plays such a big role in our lives today that it’s easy to lose that physical connection with each other, so we hope the V silver threepence might inspire families to spend time together by starting their own coin collections, holding history in their hands.”
To get your hands on one of the coins, you’ll need to visit the London Mint Office website here or call for free on 080813 33344.
One pound coins that recently went out of circulation in 2017 could also be worth a mint nowadays.
But the change in your pocket could also be worth a small fortune, with some 50p coins selling for hundreds of pounds.
Don’t believe us? Check out our guide to the most valuable £2, £1 and 50p coins.
Most valuable 50p coins
THESE are the most valuable 50p coins currently in circulation that have recently sold for the most on eBay:
Kew Gardens, up to £160
This rare commemorative coin was created in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London’s Kew Gardens. Only 210,000 of these coins were issued and a quick check online shows up that a circulated coin with this design sold for £160 on eBay.
Olympics athletics Blue Peter winner, up to £112
The coin was released in 2011 as part of a series of 50ps celebrating the London 2012 Olympics. Florence Jackson’s drawing of a high-jumper made it on to the back of the coins after winning a competition hosted by kids’ TV show, Blue Peter. Now they sell for up to £112 on eBay.
Olympics aquatic error coin, up to £62
Ahead of the coin’s release in 2011, the Royal Mint redesigned the aquatics 50p to show less water crossing the swimmer making their face more visible. But an unknown small number of coins were accidentally struck with the original design and entered into circulation. One recently sold for £62 after getting five bids.
UK Presidency of the EEC, up to £59
The Royal Mint released a new 50p when the UK joined the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973 and when the UK held the EU presidency in 1998. One recently sold for £59 after getting 20 bids.
Olympic football offside rule, up to £33
Fifteen bidders battled it out to get their hands on the Olympic football coin on eBay. Released as part of the Olympic collection, the tails side attempts to explain the off-side rule. Eventually, it sold for £33.